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Nov 19, 2017 - Tasmania Trip 2017

This morning we attended a Church of Christ next door to the Caravan Park. The church has bought an old woolen mill which fills a whole city block, with hugh brick buildings. This is divided up into a large church, a large area for youth and children. One area used to be a car repair shop, so they use this to repair cars donated to them, and when repaired, donate them to people who cannot afford to buy a car. Troubled youth are mentored in this program. Another area is rented by a gym, and the church runs the storage business which was...

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Nov 18, 2017 - Tasmania Trip 2017

This morning we all went to the Harvest Markets, lovely fresh veges etc, but being in the vans can only buy small amounts at a time. All had an early lunch, then went to the Cataract Gorge, which is beside the city, or as Noel pointed out, the city is beside the Gorge! The Gorge has been left mostly natural, however it has been made family friendly by adding a large swimming pool, restaurant, chair lift, and smooth wide walking tracks. We enjoyed walking around. The male peacocks, wandering free, were putting on a display for the females,...

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Nov 17, 2017 - Tasmania Trip 2017

We all drove north from Launceston along the west side of the Tamar River, as far as Green Beach. David and Ann spent time going into a few bays and the Swiss Village, which they enjoyed. Noel and I called into Beauty Point and went to the Platypus and Echidna House, we haven’t been able to see a Platypus in the wild so took this opportunity to get a photo, and learn a bit more. We have seen quite a few Echidna’s in the wild as it is breading season and they are out and about, but was good to see them close up and get a photo. On to...

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Nov 16, 2017 - Tasmania Trip 2017

Wednesday, Today Noel and I drove back to Scottsdale and wandered through the town, not a lot there. Then on to Bridestowe Lavender Estate. The lavender won’t be flowering until middle of next month, will be beautiful when it does. So had morning tea, all their teas have lavender in them, so braved “ English Breakfast with lavender “, not too bad!! Noel’s coffee was fine, they didn’t put lavender in that. We avoided lavender scones, and had cheese and herb scones instead. I really think lavender is for smelling not eating. David and Ann...

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Dec 24, 2014 - Launceston

Today we started with a tour of the Boags Brewery, breweries seem to be the one thing in Australia the Chinese don't own, yet, but probably only because the Japanese got there first. Boags, Cascade, Little Creatures and the list goes on all owned by Lion Nathan. We finished the tour with a beer and cheese tasting. The tour was a means to the end. We then headed north to George Town and then Low Head. Nice quaint maritime village. Dinner at the local pub with stunning views of the bay then off to see the fairy penguins. We were lucky tonight...

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Dec 23, 2014 - Tree Top flying, Georgetown and sliding

Left for a 3 hour tree top flying fox experience at Hollybank forest. What a great experience - 50 m up in the tree tops flying along on flying foxes.....until the third station when Brenton had a meltdown and Mum and him did a tandem run for the rest of the experience. Nothing like having a meltdown at 50 m in the air up a tree. We will have to wait until home to extract the photos and video from the DVD. What a great experience. We then had lunch at the Lillydale water fall rest area in the rain. Some back roads towards Georgetown, a...

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Dec 22, 2014 - Devenport and then on to Launceston

A leisurely start this morning and some wrong turns before finding the shopping centre in Devenport to do some much needed shopping. Then onto the Bass Strait Maritime museum which housed some wonderful displays and model ships. The boys really enjoyed the ship simulator where they could select different levels of steering a ship through the harbour. They really enjoyed this. We had lunch at the Don River Railway park (which is basically part of Devenport)and then visited the rail museum and workshops before taking a 1944 rail motor ride...

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Feb 17, 2014 - Tamar Valley

We are just north of Launceston, in the Tamar Valley. This is a major wine area. The river is tidal, as I suspected last night. This morning we spent some time getting online, etc., then headed north. In the town of Beauty Point, we went to two attractions: Seahorse World and Platypus House. Seahorse World was amazing. There was a room with tanks of tropical seahorses, then they took us into where they are breeding Pot-belly Seahorses, which live in Tasmanian waters. It turns out that these seahorses need at least 1 ½ meters of water depth...

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Feb 16, 2014 - Northern Tasmania

Got up this morning at our B&B near St. Helens. It rained during the night. Our hostess fixed us bacon and eggs and toast for breakfast. She and her husband spent 3 months in the US last Aug-Oct, so she identified with driving on the “wrong” side. She also noticed that our bacon was thinner than theirs and our bread was sweeter. We haven’t noticed the lack of sweetness in the bread here. We headed back through St. Helens and filled up the car. Gas is around 1.60AUD per liter. I’m not sure how that translates, but I think it is around...

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Jan 9, 2014 - Tamar circle drive

Drove West Tamar Highway to Beaconsfield, and the Platypus House (and echidnas) and seahorse world. Afternoon tea at the Two Door cafe in Beaconsfiled and ack over the Batman Bridge and East Tamar Highway. Early dinner of grilled Tassie salmon and salad at Fish and Chips at the sea port. Demonstration rowing lesson at the end of a rope at North Esk Rowing Club.

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Jan 2, 2014 - Longford

we drove to the little town of Longford, just 15 minutes south of Launceston. The Uniting Churchnon High Street was formerly the Mehtodist church at which my great-grandfather Thomas Geddes White was Minister in 1894. He had previously served at Latrobe and Ringarooma Churches and this was his final Tasmanian posting before he went to South Australia. this church was built I 1889 to replace the original building, just around the corner in Wellingon Street, which is now privately owned. we also. Visited the Methodist cemetery, on a neglected...

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Jan 1, 2014 - Gorge walk

Walked from The Gorge along mountain track to the Duck River Power Station and back. Morning tea with the peahens and their chicks. Hydropower began - 1st in the world in 1890s to power the booming mining town of Launceston. Light rain kept us cool, but dry under P's enormous umbrellas. Jelly legs, but no mishaps. We drove home for lunch and afternoon watching the rain, and the tennis.

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